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February 16, 2018 3:36 AM Winter Olympics: Mikaela Shiffrin shockingly fails to win medal in slalom

Shiffrin fails to make the podium in her best discipline after reportedly puking before her first run American skier Mikaela Shiffrin was the overwhelming favorite to win gold in slalom -- her signature event -- but after taking fourth following her first run, Shiffrin could not make up enough time to finish first in Friday's big alpine event. Shiffrin 48

February 15, 2018 8:57 PM This year's flu shots have been the least effective in the past decade

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows influenza virus particles. This year's flu shots haven't been effective in the last decade, and they have only reduced risk of illnesses by 36%, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released Thursday. The vaccines were most effective for children, and there was a 59% reduction 53

February 12, 2018 7:17 PM Flu kills fourth child in NYC, prompts urgent call for parents to vaccinate kids

Flu kills fourth child in NYC, prompts urgent call to vaccinate A fourth child has died from the flu in less than a week, prompting an urgent call Monday for parents to vaccinate their kids. Five-year-old Elisa Murray was rushed to a Brooklyn hospital, where she died Saturday, officials said. Three other children, including an 8-year-old girl from Queens 65

February 10, 2018 2:34 PM Experimental Drug Promises to Kill the Flu Virus in a Day

Even if drug lives up to claim, it likely won’t be available in U.S. until next year at earliest As Americans suffer through the worst influenza outbreak in almost a decade, a Japanese drugmaker says it has developed a pill that can kill the virus within a day. But even if the experimental drug lives up to the claim, it likely won’t be available in the U.S. until 69

February 7, 2018 12:37 AM Emergency room flu visits swell to highest level in years at city hospitals

Emergency room flu visits swell to highest level in years Emergency room visits for the flu have surged to the highest level in years, officials said Tuesday. Health Commissioner Mary Bassett warned New Yorkers to get the flu shot if they haven’t already as the city weathers a particularly brutal flu season — with 6.5% of ER and outpatient clinic visits 102

February 1, 2018 5:20 PM Louisiana on track to having 1,000 flu-related deaths this season, officials say

Louisiana, a state hit hard by the flu virus, is on track to having some 1,000 flu-related deaths this season, medical officials said. Dr. Raoult Ratard, Louisiana’s epidemiologist, told The Advocate he expected about 1,000 people to die from flu-related illnesses this season. Each season, the virus kills 600 to 1,000 people. Ratard said many of the deaths 156

January 26, 2018 10:10 PM 'Many more weeks' to come in fierce, deadly flu season, CDC says

CDC: Flu virus will be around many more weeks Mexico and the United States first reported human cases of the H1N1, or swine flu, virus in April 2009, according to the World Health Organization. "Because there are human cases associated with an animal influenza virus, and because of the geographical spread of multiple community outbreaks, plus the somewhat 150

January 26, 2018 7:21 PM Texas measles outbreak could be caused by anti-vaxxers

A small measles outbreak in Texas has spread among people who were never vaccinated against the disease — an alarming trend in the state. The first known case was tweeted about by the Texas Department of State Health Services last Friday. By Tuesday, the number of measles cases in Ellis County, Texas, increased to six after the patient went to the movies 98

January 26, 2018 6:57 PM 'Tough flu season' hitting baby boomers hard, CDC says

The flu season is getting worse. This is the first time all states in the entire continental U.S. have reported widespread flu activity during the same week. Here's why this year's flu season is so severe. This year's deadly flu season is sending more baby boomers than young people to the hospital, according to health officials at the Centers for Disease 94

January 20, 2018 6:00 PM CDC says US cruise ships were healthy in 2017, despite headlines

Catching the norovirus has become a common trend on cruise ships, but why are the vacation boats such hotbeds for the stomach virus? Proving once again that cruise ships are not breeding grounds for disease, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has reported that its members received perfect scores of 100 during United States Public Health (USPH) 142